^ thisIve never had a problem with FWD. The purpose of having a car for me is just simple. I go A to B to work drive my kids to and from school. But 4matic AWD will be a security point for me and my family.
The difference between FWD and RWD is almost nonexistent with today's technology.I've been talking to some people about the CLA and it seems like most car guys blow it off because its FWD.
Does that bother you at all?
Also for the 4Matic. Are the 4Matics usually rear wheel drive bias?
I'm assuming the CLA 4Matic will be FWD bias?
I like your advice.The difference between FWD and RWD is almost nonexistent with today's technology.
All cars now come with traction and stability control which aggressively take over handling and damping out things such as torque steer, momentum loss, and under or over steer.
It is unlikely consumers could even tell the difference between the two in a blind test.
Only historic sympathetic buyers could demand one type of drive over another as old cars did handle different based on where power was placed.
AWD is another matter due to the independent nature of performance when power can be decoupled from the traction and stability control systems which allows for superior handling during extremes though at a constant cost of efficiency and power over RWD and FWD counterparts.
Buyers should get the car that offers them the best utility and value over perceptions that are no longer appropriate in the 21st century.
Sorry for the late jump-in here.. as we approach winter I definitely agree with @LennyR and it's definitely something that attracted me to the CLA in the first place being in the snow belt up here.To answer the original question, "Does the CLA being FWD bother me?," the answer is actually that it's what first interested me in the new model. All handling isn't on nice dry roads with good gripping surfaces. A lot of my driving here in central Maine is on slippery roads from November into April every year, and for that FWD easily beats RWD. I say that having driven FWD, RWD, and 4WD here over the years. FWD is almost as good on snow as 4WD if the vehicles are equipped with decent snow tires.
I'm fortunate being somewhere warm, I wouldn't care fwd or awd, although most cars I've driven are awd. Friends driving Hondas always tell me I should go fwd and I tell them girlfriend, awd is fine, it's more fun. Girls like the rear power!FWD can be fun. While I personally enjoy RWD more than FWD, I'm not about to say no to a sports car just because it's FWD. Most hot hatches are FWD and they are more fun than any RWD Lexus or Infinity (or a 328i or C250 for that matter). And they are more practical. No one wants to drive a front engine, RWD car in inclement weather. Well, maybe if you've got a huge parking lot all to yourself.